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Side Trip from Tokyo: Nikkō

Nikkō may just be 125 kilometers North of Tokyo, but the air here feels quite different. Your 2- to 4-hour travel time (depending on where you’re coming from, and how you’re going there) will transport you to this city tucked well within the mountainous parts of Tochigi Prefecture....

Glimpse into Kita-Kamakura

In the 20th of May 1927, Japanese Government Railways (JGR), the pre-war predecessor of the Japanese National Railways (JNR), opened Kita-Kamakura Station in Yamanouchi to connect the American Naval Arsenal in Yokosuka to the Tokyo capital. Since then, the area has been known as Kita-Kamakura....

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Yakumo Saryo’s Sabo Teahouse

Caught up in the middle of Shibuya Crossing on a weekend afternoon, or stuck in the Tokyu Toyoko Line during a weekday rush hour, trying to find peace of mind in Tokyo may seem like an impossible task. But, if your idea of quieting your thoughts equates to sipping tea by a Zen garden, a 12-minute walk from Toritsu Daigaku Station, or a 5-minute car ride from Nakameguro might do the trick. ...

Tokyo Street Style

The Japanese value appearances as much as any other East Asian does. When in Tokyo, it might be best to dress as the Tokyoites do. After all, it’s easier to approach a local, and ask for directions, when you feel irredeemably lost, if you feel confident that you look decent enough to be received well....

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Dabbling Into Abenomics: Cheaper Yen

When frolicking around Shinjuku or hunting for the best bargains in Aoyama, a visitor would hardly notice that Japan has been in recession for the past few decades. Dig deeper – maybe, listen to the whines of Japanese friends here and there – and it will be difficult to not notice how the Japanese are spending less and less each year....

CLASKA Gallery & Shop ‘Do’

There is something intimate about the feel of handcrafted products. Somehow, touching them evoke the warmth and comfort of home, almost as though the emotions of the maker quietly reach you from deep within what has been made. It is difficult to come by products thoughtfully and carefully crafted by hand, though, even in the retail haven that is Tokyo. Good thing, a few brands are hard at work, trying to fill the void....

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Despedida

Tokyo’s Omotesando may be popular for its modern art galleries and its ultra-chic shopping boulevard, but coffee-lovers and foodie travelers alike almost always find themselves in its backstreets, braving an unmarked residential area, in search of the holy grail of Tokyo’s Third Wave Coffee....

Tokyo’s Coffee Landscape

Coffee is not part of Tokyo’s history, as it seems to be in most European cities, where entire subcultures revolve around hanging out in cafés, but the caffeine-laced drink is slowly climbing its way up the city’s pedestal. With independently owned coffee shops breaking the mold, and pioneering the introduction of Third Wave Coffee in Tokyo, the Tokyo scene is beginning to pique the interest of coffee lovers from all over Asia....

mAAch ecute

mAAch ecute, a mixed-use commercial facility in Kanda, might seem like a normal, old brick and cement structure from the outside, but what lies within its walls is a long history waiting to be told....

カキモリ Kakimori

The best words don’t come as easily, when you are right in front of a screen with fingers on a keyboard. You have to let yourself go with the flow and rhythm of a pen gliding on paper. Creating the perfect moment for the best story or love letter to blossom stands on its own as an intimate experience. Then, only the best implements will cut it. If you need help with setting the stage for that, Kakimori would most likely be your best bet....

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Tokyo Metro 101

Taking the train is the best way to get to know the city. As they say, if you want the full experience, do it like the locals do. Tokyo’s metro system is not that friendly, though, even when everything seems to be written in Roman characters to not scare tourists. Here are our tips on how to weave through the Tokyo metro like a pro:...

CLASKA Cafe & Dining “kiokuh”

Travelers know the importance of a leisurely, drawn-out breakfast. An hour or so of just sitting by the window, sipping on morning coffee, and watching the world slowly unfold before your eyes allows you to gather the energy for an amazing day ahead....

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